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The Rise of Grace Mugabe of Zimbabwe

Anybody watching political developments in Zimbabwe can’t miss First Lady Grace Mugabe’s entry into national politics as a presidential candidate. It is not uncommon that First Lady’s are part of…..

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Facebook and Politics in Zimbabwe: Who is Baba Jukwa?

Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, is buzzing with the arrest of Edmund Kudzayi, editor-in-chief at the Zimbabwean Sunday Mail. Together with his brother Phillip Kudzayi, the editor stood accused of administrating the…..

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Political Theater: ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’

“Breakfast with Mugabe,” on extended run Off-Broadway in New York City, is set in Zimbabwe in 2001, on the eve of national elections. Based on newspaper reports of the time that alleged that Robert Mugabe had turned to a white Zimbabwean psychiatrist to help him cope with recurrent visitations by the ngozi, or malevolent spirit, of one of his former comrades, the play delves into the psychological motivations behind Mugabe’s highly controversial land redistribution policies.

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Malawian intellectual Thandika Mkandawire: The death of Mandela marks the triumphant end of Africa’s liberation struggle

It is difficult to write about Nelson Mandela without sounding sycophantic or as if engaged in uncritical hero worship. Mandela’s stature and personality left little room for other sentiments other than those of profound admiration and gratitude. The post-World War II era produced some memorable African leaders who grace the pantheon of champions of the African liberation struggle. There is little doubt that Nelson “Madiba” Mandela ranked among the best of these.

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Campaigning: Reporters Without Borders

The new Reporters without Borders’ campaign reminds me of this International Society for Human Rights campaign (same ad agency?), but their appeal is clear. And so is their message. More…..

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The news about land reform in Zimbabwe

Land reform and Zimbabwe; say those words in any order and you get a reaction. It obviously was a failed and atrocious attempt of a corrupt leader who bribes people…..

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Wole Soyinka on Robert Mugabe

An except from a speech in June at the New York Public Library in which the great writer Wole Soyinka links the following figures: Harlem’s Father Divine; the Yoruba diety Shango; Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian…..

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New Documentaries

Some of the films in The Encounters Documentary Film Festival which kicks off its 13th year in Cape Town and Johannesburg today (till June 26), that I hope make it…..

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Buy Zimbabwe on eBay

Actually old Zimbabwe dollars. It’s a fad and collectors are paying thousands of US dollars for it. The Wall Street Journal.